Renderings: BMW i8 Production Version

Rumors | April 16th, 2012 by 20

In 2014, BMW will launch their own interpretation of a sportscar. Dubbed i8, the hybrid sportscar comes to market to emphasize the core values of …

In 2014, BMW will launch their own interpretation of a sportscar. Dubbed i8, the hybrid sportscar comes to market to emphasize the core values of the new BMW i sub-brand.

While BMW is still putting the finishing touches on the i8, takes a stab at rendering how the production model will look like. The renderings are based on the spy shots of test mules spotted in Sweden, as well as on the i8 Concept car shown at auto shows around the world. The car photoshoped here has a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length to reduce weight and to emphasise its sporty looks.

The i8 Concept combines the advantages of two different drive systems – an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The electric motor is not a secondary power source, but rather an equal partner of the internal 1.5 liter three cylinder combustion engine.

The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox.

The car’s minimized weight, low center of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 354 horsepower.

A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time comes under five seconds, with a combined fuel consumption in the European test cycle of less than 3 liters/100 km (78 MPG) and average real fuel consumption of between five and seven liters (33 – 47 MPG).

The BMW i8 is expected to debut in early 2014 and the price speculations fall around the $160,000 mark.

[Renderings: Sonny Lim]

  • Chris

    Wow, these renderings looks great! So much better without the TRON-like blue edges!!

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  • Fajar Suharyanto

    i3 info release?

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  • Clinton Alexander Campbell

    Even more curious now how the i3 will look. Imagine the the two door ughhhh

  • Giom

    Kudos to the artist! these are fantastically done!

  • Seifeddine_hamdi

    Shouldn’t the side mirrors be placed on the top? 

  • Matthew Bacon

    Man that looks great now. Really clean and smart. Im sure its a fortune to buy one though but luckily there is bmwcarleasing for those of us who cant afford one new. 

  • StraightSix

    i8 is a bomb, but i3 is just an ugly little car.

  • LaMa

    unfortunately this is as close to the final version as anything anybody can draw. The test mules are not at all like this or I should say not at all like the prototype. The tail section is simplified, the doors are simplified, etc. 
    It will most likely retain the basic shape, but none of the element that made the prototype stand out in today’s cars.

    If they keep the shape and enough pizzaz to make it look like a real unique machine, they have a chance to go against the Audi R8 and Porsche 918.

    The R8 hybrid and 918electric will be their biggest rival plus the 2nd gen. Tesla and Fisker’s 2dr coupe.  Pretty nice crowd, and I’m sure MB has something already in a line, and I wouldn’t be surprised in a Cadillac and Ford rivals around 2015.
    Cadillac has some really nice concepts in a bank, they should take one and use their hybrid technology which is actually designed as a cooperation with BMW.

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  • Kkodey12

    now thats sexy

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  • mo

    bad photoshop skill.  look how rough the lines are.

  • Nnnn

    > 33mpg, huh?   Wow.

    They really should have put more effort into retaining the side window look – maybe a tinted polycarbonate shell around the window mechanism, instead of plastic.

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    This is what hybrid cars should look, sexy and fast.